Microsoft® Office 2010 continues uninterrupted march, celebrates its ‘First Birthday’
Microsoft Office 2010 reaches another milestone by becoming the fastest-selling version ever
When Microsoft Office 2010 was first released, there were analysts who commented that it was a wrong move. They believed that by investing in the desktop applications in addition to the cloud, Microsoft had failed to see the decline of PCs. Also, it was seen more as an attempt to take advantage of the goodwill created by the earlier versions to sell another version under the pretext of offering new and advanced features. The concerns were valid in some regards, especially those that claimed that the Office productivity suite has reached a saturation point. Critics were not ready to believe that Microsoft can keep on the novelty factor, going with new and out-of-the-box features. Undeterred by the criticism aimed at it, Microsoft chose to give a fitting reply by showcasing the potential of Microsoft Office 2010. The company, determined to prove the age old adage that “Nothing is perfect”, only reiterated the fact that there is always scope for improvement. And now after a year in the market, its persistence is paying off handsomely.
Selling at an unbelievable pace of one copy every second, Microsoft Office 2010 has put to shreds every record of note. Its free web-based Office Web Apps (OWA) solution, in particular, has managed to outperform Google Docs with consummate ease. On last count, OWA has over 50 million active users, head and shoulders above the 25 million active users for Google Docs, as reported by Google.
Microsoft has also announced that Microsoft Office 2010 is outdoing Microsoft Office 2007 five-to-one in the business sector making it the fastest-selling version of Microsoft Office to be ever released. According to the company, this is a clear indication of people buying retail versions of the suite and installing them on their PCs.
There is a segment of critics who are still busy predicting the demise of PCs. The Vice President of Microsoft Office Corporate, Takeshi Numoto, however, dismissed any such eventuality saying that it is actually the other way around. He referred to the sales and adoption date prepared by his company to vindicate the point that there is a steady growth in the sales of Office applications, and that people are embracing Office in the cloud with great enthusiasm.